|October 05, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|TSU||TD||13:13||ROWLAND 48 Yd Run (ZITA kick)|
|TSU||TD||10:01||ROWLAND 27 Yd Run (ZITA kick)|
|TSU||FG||04:27||ZITA 19 Yd|
|JSU||FG||01:39||WALLACE 36 Yd|
|JSU||TD||09:48||PEARSON 20 Yd Pass From COOPER (WALLACE kick)|
|TSU||FG||05:59||ZITA 29 Yd|
|JSU||TD||03:21||STEPHERSON 42 Yd Pass From COOPER (WALLACE kick)|
|TSU||FG||08:57||ZITA 34 Yd|
|JSU||TD||02:43||PEARSON 8 Yd Pass From COOPER (WALLACE kick)|
|JSU||TD||07:18||MATTHEWS 10 Yd Run (WALLACE kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||TSU||JSU|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-12||7-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||240 (14-24)||305 (25-40)|
|Rushing (Att)||230 (40)||162 (37)|
Game 6: Tennessee State (1-4, 0-1) at Jacksonville State (3-2, 0-1)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Location: Jacksonville, Ala.
Stadium: Burgess-Snow Field (24,000)
Time: 6:00 p.m. CT
Audio: 102.1 FM
Live Stats: Statbroadcast
This is the 14th meeting with the Gamecocks leading the series, 11-2. Seven of the 12 contests have been played in Jacksonville, Ala. where the Tigers are 2-5. The series began in 2003 when the Gamecocks became a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. JSU won the very first meeting, 34-7. The two TSU wins have occurred in Jacksonville, the first coming in 2006, 38-31, while the second was a 31-15 decision in 2013.
Tennessee State fell at Hale Stadium, 41-14, to No. 8 Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks scored 21 points in the first quarter and used two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Jeremiah Caine recorded three tackles, all behind the line of scrimmage, including two sacks. LaQuarius Cook led the defense with nine tackles. The Tigers averaged 7.7 yards per carry as they out rushed JSU, 178-148. Shawn McColley entered in the second quarter and led all rushers with 93 yards on seven touches. McColley averaged 13.3 yards per run, including his first collegiate touchdown which covered 70 yards. Te’kendrick Roberson crossed the goal line for the first time as a Tiger on a 58 yard jaunt. Roberson carried 10 times for 68 yards. Micheal Hughes had completed 62 percent of his passes, going 122-of-196 for 1,405 yards with nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. The game was the last for Hughes who suffered an injury in the contest.
Head Coach Rod Reed:
Coach Reed is in his tenth season at the helm of the Tigers and holds a 54-51 record. Only two coaches have produced more wins at TSU. John Merritt claimed 174 victories in his 20 years (1963-83) for a .806 winning percentage (174-35-7), while Harry Kean spent 10 years in charge of TSU from 1944-54 and compiled a 93-15-3 record (.838). TSU is 9-1 in season openers under Rod Reed, including a 17-10 win at FBS opponent Georgia State in 2017. The lone opening day loss came at the hands of Bethune-Cookman, 12-9, at the John Merritt Classic in 2013.
TSU fell to Eastern Kentucky, 42-16, in the OVC opener. Kaleb Mosley averaged 47.4 yards on five punts, including two downed inside the EKU's 20-yard line. The sophomore drilled a 61-yard punt, the second-longest of his career. Mosley has gone six consecutive games with at least one punt of 50 yards and is currently ranked 23rd nationally in punting average (42.9 yards/punt). Kicker Antonio Zita finished with 10 points including field goals from 28, 35 and 36 yards. It marked the seventh time in 14 career games that Zita had scored double-digit points in a game. Zita ranks third nationally in field goals made/game (1.8) and 20th in field goal percentage (81.8%). Cameron Rosendahl finished 20-of-41 for 270 yards, completing eight passes to Chris Rowland. Rowland finished with 127 all-purpose yards and continues to lead the nation with 203.0 all purpose yards per game. The senior wide out also leads FCS play with 152.4 receiving yards per game and receptions per outing (10.0). Te’Kendrick Roberson scored the lone touchdown for the Tigers against EKU with an eight yard run. Ronnie Killings and Josh Green led the Big Blue with nine tackles and six solos. Killings leads the Tigers on the season with 37 stops and ranks 14th in the nation with 5.8 solo tackles per game.
JSU opened OVC play with a 52-33 loss at Austin Peay. The Gamecocks starts 0-1 in conference play for the first time since 2013. JSU has never started 0-2 in OVC play. Zerrick Cooper threw three interceptions while finishing with 301 passing yards and four touchdowns. Cooper ranks fourth nationally in total offense with 344.2 yards per game. Senior Josh Pearson caught eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Pearson has seven touchdown catches this season, second-most nationally; one behind the national leader. Zack Woodard leads the defense with 42 tackles, while Traco Williams follows with 34. Williams tops the squad with 4.0 tackles for loss.
Last 10 Results:
2018 - Jacksonville State 41, Tennessee State 14
2017 - Jacksonville State 36, Tennessee State 6
2015 - Jacksonville State 48, Tennessee State 13
2014 - Jacksonville State 27, Tennessee State 20
2013 - Tennessee State 31, Jacksonville State 15
2012 - Jacksonville State 31, Tennessee State 28 (OT)
2011 - Jacksonville State 38, Tennessee State 16
2010 -Jacksonville State 24, Tennessee State 0
2008 - Jacksonville State 26, Tennessee State 21
2006 - Tennessee State 38, Jacksonville State 31
TV: ESPN+. Mickey Shadrix will provide play-by-play with Butch Barker with analysis.
Radio: 102.1 FM will carry the game live with Greg Pogue (play-by-play), Albert Dawson (analyst), Craig Ladd (Scoreboard) and Gary Dawson (sideline). Pregame will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT
Head Coach Rod Reed
-On the team
"I thought our kids played hard. We didn’t tackle well in that game at all. Had we tackled well, the complex of the game could have been a lot different. We also turned the ball over three times and I think twice in the red zone. We kicked three field goals. We have to make those touchdowns when we get to those opportunistic areas. We got some guys playing some different positions on defense with Jahsun Bryant being out. We just missed a lot of tackles. We have to clean that up. That’s my job to get that cleaned up. We’ve got to be able to tackle better, we’ve got to play better up front and got to be able to stop teams from running the football, and its kind of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire – going from Richmond to Jacksonville. We’ve got to get these guys’ spirits back up. Our kids had a great practice last night, so we’re going to come out today, have another great practice and get ready to go play Jacksonville State."
-Did the loss shake JSU’s confidence
"No. That’s a good football team. You’re talking about a team who’s won the last five-of-six OVC Championships. Coach Grass knows what he’s doing down there and they’re going to be even hungrier. I was hoping that they won by 50 last weekend and we’d go down there and catch them on a high, but they’re going to be hungry. We’re hungry. We’ve got to get this bitter taste out of our mouth and we’ve got to go down there and execute a solid game plan on both sides of the ball."
-Ability to throw the ball this year
"There are two sides of that. You’re either throwing it because you can’t run it when you’re behind or you’re throwing it with great efficiency. At some points we’ve thrown great efficiency. Cam, up until last week, protected the football really well. We threw a couple of picks last week, but he has an ability to find open receivers and throw the ball into some tight windows, and we can’t rely on the two guys that everyone knows about. We’ve got to spread the ball around a little more. Us being able to throw the football has to do with us being able protect the passer. We gave up a few sacks last week, and we shuffled offensive lineman last week, but we’ve got to be able to protect him if we want him to throw the football. You have to think, what helps your throw game is being able to run the ball consistently. We’ve got to do a better job of running the football this week."
Jacksonville State Head Coach John Grass
- On the team
“We masked some problems that we’ve got and we’ve got to have an identity check and get ready to play, because that’s the way this conference is. You’ve got to play every week and you know we have a good opponent coming in here on Saturday. Tennessee State is not a 1-4 football team, that’s for sure. They’re a lot better than that. They were 31-26 with Middle Tennessee; they lost on the last play of the game. They could very well have a 5-0 record or 4-1 record for sure. We’ve got to get better up front. Austin Peay whipped us at the line of scrimmage. They had 246 yards rushing compared to our 62. We’ve got to get better up front. We’re young there and we knew that at the beginning of the season and we’ve not corrected that problem. We’ve got to get better up front, blocking and tackling because that’s where the game is played. You’ve got to bounce back and play better.”
-On Tennessee State
“Well you can throw records out the window. It’s kind of like Austin Peay, I said they ought to have been a 4-0 football team instead of 2-2. I think they proved that on Saturday the way they played the game. Tennessee State is so different. They’ve had some trouble scoring in the red zone. They’ve had some explosive plays and drove the football on everyone they played, including against MTSU which is a FBS team. They were in the red zone three times against them, could’ve been up 21-0. They have an explosive offense. They’ve just had a little trouble scoring in the red zone. If you don’t bring you A-game, you don’t have a chance. And we definitely didn’t do that Saturday, and if you don’t bring your A-game, you’ll definitely get beat.”
-On two great passing offenses and two really great receivers
“I think both of us have quarterbacks that can get our receivers the ball. And he’s not the only guy they have. He’s definitely one of the top receivers in the country, but they have other guys that equally have big play, explosion ability. They run the ball, too. So they have a solid offense, the only thing they have trouble with is scoring in the red zone. If they have a touchdown in the red zone everytime they’ve been down there, they would double their point total because they’ve been down there a lot. They have a solid offense, so it will be a good matchup.”
Sophomore linebacker Terry Straughter
-On the defense overall
"I saw great things. We all flew around the ball, but there were still minor mistakes and we just have to get injured guys who were on first team ready for next week. We had to play some young guys, but next week, everything should be alright."
-On the young guys’ performance
"They did well, especially Josh Green. He played like he’s been here, like he was a senior. He didn’t think, he played, he called plays and he was vocal. He led the defense like he was the Mike – middle linebacker. Like he was the quarterback of the defense."
-On going back on the road
"We were prepared. Little things just came in to beat us. We have to get back on the drawing board and find a new scheme for this week. We need to fly around, do the same thing and battle twice as hard this week."
Senior safety Ronnie Killings
-On Josh Green
"He came in and played a really good game Saturday. I feel like we have that type of depth where we can get new guys in there and they can really help us. He had a great game. He lifted us up and we need guys like that."
-On the defense as a whole
"We have to stop drives. We had some good stops out there, but we have to stop missing tackles. We just have to play better - offense, defense both sides of the ball. We have to do our job on our side and come to play every game. We have to get stops, three and outs and get people off the field, finish tackles and stop teams from scoring. "
Junior offensive lineman Will James
-On the offense
I thought we kept shooting ourselves in the foot. Me, myself got two penalties. I just thought it was inconsistency from the entire offense – o-line, receivers, quarterbacks, coaches – everything. I think we have to come back Monday and work on everything that went wrong in the game. We need to fix the little things because we’re getting too many penalties."
-On kicking off OVC play with two road games
"We were optimistic because we’re really 0-1 right now."
-On keeping momentum for the rest of the season
"We just have to keep fighting. We have time. We have to keep fighting. We have to be prepared. Whoever can come up the rest of the season and get juiced, will win."